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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Edmund Hanauer, fought for Middle East peace

FRAMINGHAM

Edmund R. Hanauer of Framingham, who advocated for peace in the Middle East, died Aug. 10 at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He was 68.

Hanauer in 1972 founded Search for Justice and Equality in Palestine/Israel. His views didn't endear him to everybody, a Globe obit reports today.

A Jew himself, he said some Jews felt his organization was "anti-Israel." On the other hand, Arab-Americans thought it was too "balanced," he said.

"The saddest thing is that he will not be alive to see a peaceful settlement in the Mideast," said Rev. Ray Low, a retired Episcopal priest who is vice president of Search for Justice.

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